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Kennin-ji Temple, Gion, and Nishiki Market Tour with Tea Ceremony Experience

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Visit the ancient Kennin-ji Temple, explore Gion and Nishiki markets, and partake in a traditional tea ceremony on a 4-hour guided tour.

Highlights

  • Amble through the vibrant markets of Kyoto and participate in traditional experiences like a tea ceremony with an English-speaking guide.

  • Revere the centuries-old Kennin-ji temple, one of Kyoto's 5 most important Zen temples,

  • Get in touch with culture at the entertainment hub and geisha district of Gion, and take calming sips of matcha in a traditional tea ceremony.

  • Shop for souvenirs and sample local specialties like dried seafood and sushi at over 100 eateries and shops in Nishiki market.

  • Fun Fact: Gion district is known to have one of the longest-lasting Geisha cultures handed down from the 1700s, where visitors can regularly catch glimpses of colorful maiko girls and geiko women.

Inclusions

  • 4-hour guided tour in Kyoto

  • English-speaking guide

  • Admission fees

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.

When in Kyoto, visit the timeless Gion district with its distinctive culture, cuisine, and monuments on this 4-hour tour with an authentic tea ceremony led by an English-speaking guide.

Ancient Temples and the Streets of Gion

Arrive at Kennin-ji, one of Kyoto's 5 most significant Zen temples, built in 1202. Examine the intricate interiors and traditional architecture, and admire the painting of twin dragons adorning the temple ceiling. After you spend some calming time in the temple's lush gardens, move on to the home of the Geishas, the entertainment district of Gion, with its wooden buildings and quaint teahouses.

Unwind with Retail Therapy and Tea

A refined experience awaits you at one of Japan's most traditional offerings, a tea ceremony. Bask in the tranquility of the ambiance and sip on some Matcha or green tea prepared by a master in utensils that reflect the current season.

At the Nishiki Market, you will be in awe of the variety of goods available in over 100 stores and eateries. Indulge in Japanese delicacies like sushi, pickles, dried seafood, and desserts, and get some souvenirs to take home.

Itinerary

1:25pm: Arrive at Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo | 1:40pm: Leave for Kennin-ji Temple (60 mins) | Visit to Gion | Tea ceremony experience (40 mins) | Nishiki Market (20 mins) | 5pm to 5:30pm: End of tour

Important Information

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.

Restrictions

  • This tour can accommodate a maximum of 10 people in 1 group.

Timings

Tue & Fri: 1:30pm

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the pick up point.

  • Please arrive at the pick up point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Pick up Point

  • The pick up point is at Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo.

  • Address: Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo, 17 Nishikujo Inmachi, Minami Ward, Kyoto, 601-8412, Japan.

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Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Hachijo Aburanokoji. It is a quick 5-minute walk to the pick up point.

  • Board bus 市営16 to get you there.

By Metro

  • The closest metro station is Kyoto Station. It is a quick 4-minute walk to the pick up point.

  • Board metros HARUKA, Hashidate, Hida, Karasuma Line and Kintetsu Limited Express to get you there.

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